Tampa, Florida - "It really is about touching lives in different ways then just getting on top of an Olympic podium and receiving an Olympic gold medal."
Former three-time Olympic champion Brooke Bennett is gearing up, putting on her swimsuit again as she prepares to swim for cancer research.Brooke is joining 200 other volunteers on May 18 atClearwater Beach to Swim Across America, the national non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for cancer research, prevention and treatment.
"Last year's initial event was terrific. We had more than 100 swimmers, we raised $100,000 for Moffitt Cancer Center Research and this year we are expecting to have more than 200 swimmers and hopefully, double that amount," said Swimmer Recruiter Craig Cordell.
You don't have to be a professional swimmer to join the race. Jim Sirignano, for example, swims for a purpose that's very close to his heart.
"My brother Paul was diagnosed with his second cancer Ocular Melanoma. After five years it metastasized to his liver and he passed away three years ago," said Jim.
Swimming in his brother's honor for the past nine years and now his sister Joann, who is undergoing chemotherapy, he says Swim Across America is a finish line away to help find the cure for a deadly disease.
"We're making a difference, because we know this money is going directly to their research and we know that without their research and care that we're not going to get closer to a cure."
For more information about Swim Across America and this Saturday's event details, visit their website at www.swimacrossamerica.org.
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